With the final Childrens Chess for 2013 completed we have the Grand-prix results for the Belfast Scholastic Shield 2013.
The Summer Tournament will start on Weds May 15th. At the Belfast Banker's Club 31 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RU.
Top players attended the April Childrens Chess at Methodist College. We had Candidate Master Karina Kruk (Current Irish Womans Champion), Gavin Melaugh from Derry (Previous Irish under 8 Champion).
With only one of the Childrens Chess tournaments left for the season we have the Grand-prix results for the tournament series so far.... With prize-giving hopefully at Stormont in June.
A huge tournament was held at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin on 23rd March. Some 380 primary school players. At the Tournament of Champions 2013, Dayna Ferguson was placed joint 4th, whilst brother Daniel Ferguson came joint 29th out of a section of 120 children.
A fun 6 games of 25min chess on a beautiful but cold Easter Monday. Decided the Ulster Rapidplay Champion. With 31 players from the ages of 6 to a bit older! all had a brilliant day.
Sam Flanagan defeated Pat Coleman in his final game to pip CJ Murphy to the post in the inaugural Belfast South Tournament at the Agape Centre, Lisburn Road.
The next two tournaments on the UCU timetable: The Ulster Rapidplay Championship 2013 - Easter Monday 1st April and The City of Belfast Championships 18th/19th May.
A young P3 player Dayna Ferguson wins the Primary Section unbeaten with 6 points. Kevin Robbin wins the Secondary Section with 5.5 points. Eibhia Ni Mhureagain wins the Lower Secondary Section.
Ashley McWhinney (Bangor Club) came joint 5th out of a field of 108 players in the Minor. Thomas Donaldson (Ballynafeigh), Ian Kilpatrick (Ballynafeigh) and Robert Lavery (Ballynafeigh) came joint 9th out of a field of 76 players in the Major with 4 points. Calum Leitch (Ballynafeigh) and Alan Delaney (Fruit Hill) came joint 8th in the Challengers. Gareth Annesley (Mallusk) came 30th out of a very tough Masters.
After a short illness, Eddie Whiteside has passed away. Funeral arrangements have now been announced.
This will be the highlight of the chess season. Playing one of the Legends of Chess - Nigel Short GM MBE. The event covered by the BBC news. 29 players of all skills pitted their wits against the Grand-Master.
Matthew Chapman won the Secondary Section unbeaten with 5.5 out of 6 games. Honor Parissis won the Primary Section scoring an excellent full 7 points not dropping a game. Second came Lucia Corrigan with 6 points only loosing to Honor. Also exciting was that the next position was held by P2 student Dayna Furguson and then in joint fourth place we had P2 Admira Kecskameti, P1 Daniel Furguson, P3 Pheobe Patterson, P1 Calvin Patterson - a wealth of young good players.
At the end of Day 2 of the 2013 Williamson Shield, Ulster champion Michael Waters finished unbeaten to win his second successive Williamson and fourth overall.
The 2013 Williamson Shield is taking place over the 9-10 February weekend.
Update with photos. Having qualified to compete at the Belfast LJCC Qualifier Honor Parissis travelled to London to play in this presitigious event. This is where the top juniors in the UK meet and battle over the board.
Calvin Patterson one of the youngest players we have had at our events came second in the Primary Section with an excellent score of 4 out of 7.
On December 29th 21 chess players gathered to fight for the title of Ulster Blitz Champion. Players included last years winner Calum Leitch, current Ulster Champion Michael Waters, previous Champion Steven Scannell and top players Gareth Annesley, Stephen Morgan, Eamon Walls. This is chess at its rawest, intuition and fast thinking over the usual careful slow moving game....
On December 8th at Methodist College some of the top children in Ulster played the first Monthly Childrens Chess Tournament. Numbers werent high but the quality of chess was excellent. Players included in the secondary section: Karina Kruk recently crowned Irish Womans Champion, Thomas Donaldson the winner of the Belfast Masters Challengers, Matthew Chapman Ulster Junior Champion, Kiran and Kevin Robbin regular Belfast Scholastic Chess Winners. In the smaller Primary School section we had Honor Parissis the Ulster Under 10 Champion.
A Round-up of the exploits from all Ulster players in the recent Kilkenny Congress